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Blog entry by Tom8021 posted 07-16-2009 12:32 AM 7239 reads 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First off I wanted to do some marquertry but shelling out $400 plus for a slow speed scroll saw was too steep. I tried to find a used one locally, but after a couple of months it wasn’t happening. Then I was going through some old issues of “Woodwork” magazine and found an article on building your own foot powered scroll saw. If you can find it, they are no longer around, it was the October 2006 edition. Anyway the guy who made it was Brian Condran ( and it got me started. He will sell plans for his version. I ended up not using his plans but using the magazine article to help guide me along. I changed a bunch of things and I am proud of the way my turned out.

The concept is pretty straight forward two arms going up and down in unison


This is my first time doing a blog, so have some patience. I will take a bunch of close up pictures and try to explain what you are looking at.

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#1 posted 07-16-2009 01:08 AM

Looks superb and anxiously await pics.

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#2 posted 07-16-2009 01:17 AM

Wow. Looks great.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 07-16-2009 01:29 AM

I’m impressed great job. More More

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#4 posted 07-16-2009 01:33 AM

we’re taping our feet ,
waiting .
( and practicing )

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 07-16-2009 02:33 AM

This looks great and it obviously works very well by the looks of your other projects. I’ll look forward to following this. I’ve been put off by the cost of scroll saws also, but it never occured to me to build one.

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#6 posted 07-19-2009 02:18 AM

I wish I would have seen this before I forked over $500 on a Delta Love my saw but I would have made one of these first. I will have to make one anyway.

-- Billp

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